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Myths And Hymns (Based on Material from Saturn Returns: A Concert)


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listen  1. Children of the Heavenly KingTheresa McCarthy 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. At the SoundingVivian Cherry, Darius de Haas, Jose Llana, Theresa McCarthy 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Saturn ReturnsAdam Guettel with Vivian Cherry, Darius de Haas, Annie Golden, Jose Llana, Theresa McCarthy, Bob Stillman 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. IcarusAdam Guettel with Kristin Chenoweth, Lewis Cleale, Lynette DuPre, Brian d'Arcy James, Jessica Molasky, Billy Porter And Lawrence Clayton 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Migratory VTheresa McCarthy 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. PegasusBilly Porter, Lynette DuPre, Audra McDonald 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. LinkVivian Cherry, Darius de Haas, Annie Golden, Jose Llana, Theresa McCarthy, Bob Stillmann 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Hero and LeanderAdam Guettel 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. SisyphusMandy Patinkin with Kristin Chenoweth, Lewis Cleale, Lynette DuPre, Brian d'Arcy James, Jessica Molasky, Billy Porter 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Come to JesusAdam Guettel, Theresa McCarthy 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. How Can I Lose You?Annie Golden 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. There's a ShoutVivian Cherry and company 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Awaiting YouBilly Porter 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Great HighwayTheresa McCarthy And Darius de Haas 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. There's a LandAdam Guettel with Vivian Cherry, Darius de Haas, Annie Golden, Jose Llana, Theresa McCarthy, Bob Stillmann 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Saturn Returns (reprise)Adam Guettel 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Adam Guettel, Audra McDonald, Darius de Haas, Vivian Cherry, Billy Porter, et al.
  • Composer: Adam Guettel
  • Audio CD (March 30, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00000IQ5N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Until this disc, Adam Guettel was best known as the mastermind behind Floyd Collins, the gut-wrenching, boundary-breaking piece of musical theater that never gained the popularity it deserved. Myths & Hymns is another beast altogether, though just as interesting. Guettel has created a song cycle based loosely on Greek mythology and lyrics he discovered in an antique hymnal. These 15 songs are a combination of art song and show tune, but all are interesting. "Icarus" is funky jazz in which the composer duets with Lawrence Clayton. "There's a Land" is transformed from a traditional hymnal into an upbeat romp à la "This Land Is Your Land." "At the Sounding" is an upbeat yet appropriate transition from the somber "Children of the Heavenly King." Joining Guettel on the vocal parts for these works are Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Theresa McCarthy, and a handful of other fine interpreters. Sublime and moving, Myths & Hymns is all about reflecting--to God, a lover, or oneself. And while Guettel's roots run deep into the Broadway tradition (he's the grandson of Richard Rodgers), he's thankfully not afraid of musical experimentation. A great, soulful disc. --Jason Verlinde

Customer Reviews

Its facinating melodies are very complex and its themes are powerful.
Debra E. Miller
One of the highlights of the album, for me, is to hear Guettel himself sing so many of the songs -- his voice is quite unique, and a joy to hear.
Jason D. Witte
The music, on paper, is ridiculously difficult and one searches for reason.
David Seaman

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "acting4aliving" on September 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Very few people live up to the critical standards set in a field, nowhere as much as in musical theatre. The bar is continually set so high that most people are fortunate if they bump their forehead on it during the leap. Adam Guettel is one of those rare creators who not only flew over the bar on their first try, but stepped lightly over it as if over a stick on the ground with their second. Myths and Hymns maintains that unique sound which theatre afficionados are coming to find is all Guettel's, while venturing away from the bluegrass sound that permeated Floyd Collins. Here, synth programmed drum beats (Pegasus), country-tinged guitar (How Could I Lose You?), and simple, piano-driven ballads (Migratory V) combine to create a very theatrical experience outside the confines of a traditional book musical. The music is extraordinary (Hero and Leander ranks among my all-time favorite ballads and is easily my favorite for men) and the lyrics manage to tell small, self-contained tales of hope, love, longing and belonging. To know that these stories tell the personal tale of Guettel's earlier years only serves to make them that much more important and understandable. They ocassionally go a bit abstract (as in the prayer-like Migratory V) but they always enthrall. Guettel is, without a doubt, the greatest composer to never have a Broadway show. Someone give this man the money he needs to mount a show and establish himself as THE new important theatre composer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason D. Witte on May 10, 1999
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After first discovering Guettel for myself when I bought "Floyd Collins", I was quite anxious to obtain "Myths and Hymns". I am happy to report that I am not disappointed at all -- in fact, I believe this album surpasses the brilliance of "Floyd Collins", despite the fact that it is a song-cycle and not a complete show. Guettel's music soars to the heavens in the brilliant "Saturn Returns" and "Icarus", gets playful in "Pegasus" and the delightful "Sisyphus", and turns romantic for "Hero and Leander" and "Awaiting You". Perhaps the most haunting is "Come to Jesus", which rattles around in my head and kept me awake on the night I first listened to the album. The songs have to grow on you: on first listening, I didn't much care for the songs, and was a bit disappointed. However, upon further listenings, my disappointment changed to great admiration and pleasure. One of the highlights of the album, for me, is to hear Guettel himself sing so many of the songs -- his voice is quite unique, and a joy to hear.
All in all, this is one CD that a true connoisseur of musical theatre won't want to pass up. Since this is only Guettel's second album, I can only shiver with anticipation at what he might come up with next!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1999
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I had the incredible pleasure of seeing this work at the Public Theater in New York when it was under the title of "Saturn Returns." Unfamiliar with Guettel's work, but aware of the buzz surrounding this young composer, I was nowhere near prepared for the depth and scope of this work. Mixing a response to Episcopalian hymns he first read in an antique book shop with a study of the Greeks' mythological god structure, Guettel reflects on emotional longing and everyone's desire to find where his or her heart belongs. While his influences range from musical theater to jazz to gospel, every piece in this extraordinarly touching work resonates with melodies that twist and turn and defy gravity. Whether Guettel's talent makes him the heir apparent to Sondheim's legacy remains to be seen, but that's entirely beside the point. This work is beautiful and touching and deserves a place in any serious musical theater lover's collection. The only reason for four stars instead of five is that Guettel took the lion's share of the songs for his own in this recording, robbing everyone of hearing the incredible talents of Jose Llana, the soloist featured in the Public's production.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gac1003 on July 18, 2003
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"Myths and Hymns" brings a fine new talent to musical theater. Adam Guettel has taken Greek myths and combined them with songs found in an old hymnal to create a unique cycle of songs ranging from funny ("Pegasus" and "There's A Land") to poignant ("Migratory V" and "Hero and Leander") to uplifting ("There's A Shout"). And, for this recording, we get to hear some of the original cast members from "Saturn Returns," the off-broadway show which featured the 16 tracks on this album. Theresa McCarthy, Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and Mandy Patinkin, to name a few.
Some of my favorites are "Hero and Leandro" sung by Adam Guettel, "How Can I Lose You?" sung by Annie Golden and "Awaiting You" sung by Billy Porter. But, the entire album is filled with fantastic music and wonderful voices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Lance on December 30, 2002
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I've been on a crusade ever since I was in college, it was to find unique and passionate musical. When I first started my search it mostly consisted of Stephen Sondheim's musicals, but now its getting bombarded with the likes of Ricky Ian Gordon, Jason Robert Brown, Micahal John Lachiusa and of course Adam Guettel. I first fell in love with in love with Adam Guettel's works when I bought FLOYD COLLINS, it mentioned on the back that he was the new Sondheim, so of course I bought it. Well after I listened to that album I was in a desperate search for what ever else he wrote. Then I found MYTHS & HYMNS. Which is not quite a musical, but it is. There such amazing voice on this album such as Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Theresa McCarthy, Vivian Cherry, Annie Golden, and of course Adam Guettel himself. The music is so powerful at times it can reduce you to tears and so fun at times you can't help from dancing and singing around your room. So if you haven't guessed it yet I highly recommend this album!
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